Table Groups / Academy Classes

Tables are about taking a ‘believer in Jesus’ and moving them towards ‘looking more like Jesus'

Discipleship is not a destination, it’s a direction.

First Church Tables are about taking a ‘believer in Jesus’ and moving them towards ‘looking more and more like Jesus’.

First Church Tables is a place where your belief begins to become part of the DNA of who you are in your everyday life, always growing in the direction toward Jesus.

Your First Church Table will meet once each week for a few months, at the church or in someone’s home. You’ll talk through a book, scripture or just life. There are First Church Tables for adults in several stages in their life.

We also offer Academy Classes for those who prefer a classroom style learning environment.

Depending on the Table Group you choose, we offer Children's Programming for kids of all ages.

A great place to start

Starting Point

St. Joseph Campus - Sunday, September 16

Immediately following the 11 am service - Lunch and childcare provided

If you're new to First Church or you've been around awhile and never attended, Starting Point is for you. Starting Point is a one-hour class where you'll learn about what First Church believes, what we value and what we do. Once completed, you will be a voting member at First Church.

Women's Table Groups

Parents Rising: 8 Strategies for Raising Kids Who Love God, Respect Authority, and Value What’s Right By Arlene Pellicane 

St. Joseph Campus, September 19–December 5 

Wednesday mornings, 9:30am–11:15am or

Wednesday evenings, 6:30pm–8:00pm 

Do you feel like you’re fighting a losing battle against the culture, against the busyness, sometimes even against your spouse and kids? Often it seems like everything is against you as a parent, and your everyday life can feel far from joy-filled. But it doesn’t need to be that way. Parents Rising will show you eight cultural trends that parents are up against today and what you can do to claim victory. This book is for parents with children of any age with will give real help for real problems that every parent faces. It’s a way to focus your efforts so that they’ll be more effective and you’ll be less exhausted.

Chase: Chasing after the heart of God By Jennie Allen

St. Joseph Campus, September 19–December 5 

Wednesday mornings 9:30am–11:15am or

Wednesday evenings 6:30pm–8:00pm (St. Joseph or Stevensville Campus options)

Saturday mornings 9:00am-11:00am (begins Sept. 22)

We are all chasing after something, something that will fill us up, make us happy. But, if we are honest it feels like we never quite get what we are looking for. King David’s life is woven throughout scripture and from his example we see a man that spent his life chasing after God. This study will take us on a journey using the life of David as an example. We will begin the fall semester by chasing after God together, learning from David and encouraging each other while carving out space in our hearts that only God can fill! 

Men's Table Groups

The Life of Samson by W. Robert Godfrey

St. Joseph Campus, September 19-December 5

Wednesday evenings 6:30pm-8:00pm

A man of incredible physical strength and debilitating moral weakness, Samson was nevertheless God’s instrument to rescue Israel from the Philistines during the era of the judges. In light of these contrasts, we are faced with this key question: What, exactly, are we to make of Samson and his place in the Lord’s purposes? Explore this and many more questions on christian living with other men through small group discussion.

Adult Table Groups

Parenting Through the Phases

St Joseph Campus, Room 2-3, October 7–November 11

Sunday Mornings (Time is TBD)

You have about 936 weeks from the time your child is born until they graduate high school. It goes by fast, and kids change and grow quickly. This table group will help you discover how to parent your child through their phases of childhood, while connecting with other parents who are in the trenches with you! This is for parents of children any age, led by your family ministry pastors.

Married People Connect

St. Joseph Campus, Wednesday evenings, 6:30pm–8:00pm - Starts September 19th

St. Joseph Campus, Sunday mornings, 9:30am - Starts September 23rd

St. Joseph Campus, Sunday mornings, 11:00am - Starts September 23rd

Stevensville Campus, Sunday mornings, 9:30am - Starts September 23rd

Intentionally strengthen your marriage by having serious fun, loving God first, respecting and loving your spouse and practicing your promise through large group, table group and individual couple experiences. This is for all married couples...young, seasoned, strong or struggling! We are excited about this fun new table group option. This table group is designed so you can step in at any time!

Empowered by God

St. Joseph Campus - September 19th (8 week class)

Wednesday evenings 6:30–8:00pm

As a believer of Jesus, the Holy Spirit dwells in you; and all believers can be a vessel for the healing miracles of God. Learn how to yield and walk in the anointing and power of God to bring about His purposes on earth. Men and women will be equipped to grow closer with God, learn and discern His voice, experience and encounter God, follow the Holy Spirit’s leading, and do the miraculous work of Jesus.

Faith and Finance

St. Joe Campus, September 19– December 5

Wednesday evenings, Dinner 6:00pm–6:30pm Class: 6:30pm–8:00pm

One-time fee of $20 includes dinner. Learn to use money and resources in a way that honors your values, faith and relationships to achieve financial stability. Faith & Finances provides opportunities for participants to come alongside each other and learn key principles of managing money. Topics include Value-based spending, setting savings goals, creating a spending plan, banking, credit reports, and community building. Rest assured that your private financial information is not revealed to the instructor or classmates unless you share choose to mention it. Eat, laugh and grow as we learn together.

Faith of our Fathers

St. Joseph Campus Room 5, Starts September 9th - October 14th

Sunday mornings, 11:00am

Come along with us as we stand on the precipice of Scripture and survey the faith of several biblical characters. Scanning the biblical landscape, we become inspired by the examples of faith and challenged by the implications to engage our faith. Won’t you join us as we discover the foundation of restoring God’s ideal?

The Life of Joseph

St. Joseph Campus Room 5, Starts October 21st

Sunday mornings, 11:00am

As we study the Life of Joseph we will venture through Genesis chapters 37-50 exploring Joseph’s life and his character as he faced hatred from his brothers, being sold into slavery, false accusations, imprisonment, and then rising to a position of national power. Joseph’s life is an example of courage, integrity, and of forgiveness and restoration that we will learn from and apply to our own lives. We will also see God’s guidance, protection, and sovereignty over Joseph and his family and the people of Israel. This is an exciting story revealing God’s character and attributes that will help to deepen your faith and dependence on him through Joseph’s life of trials and triumphs.This class consists of weekly questions for you to answer on your own at home along with lively interactive discussion in class. This class is open for all adults to attend.

Prodigal God

Benton Heights Campus, Starts September 16th

Sunday Mornings 9:30am

Taking his trademark intellectual approach to understanding Christianity, Timothy Keller uncovers the essential message of Jesus, locked inside his most familiar parable.

Within that parable, Jesus reveals God’s prodigal grace toward both the irreligious and the moralistic. This book will challenge both the devout and skeptics to see Christianity in a whole new way.

Academy Classes

Square One. Adult Academy Class

St. Joseph Campus, September 16-November 18

Sunday mornings, 11:00am

If scripture, especially the Old Testament, seems like a series of unrelated events not applicable to your life today or you just have trouble making sense of it all, this study is for you. This 10-week study is specifically for those desiring a more complete understanding of scripture as one complete message of redemption.

Adult Bridges - The Book of Genesis. Older Adult Academy Class

St. Joseph Campus - Rooms 7 & 8, Starts September 9, 11:00am

Sunday mornings, 11:00am

Join us as we look at the very beginning! We will study when God created the world. Then, move on to the stories of Noah & Abraham as God destroys and gives new life. The final unit for the fall will look at the stories of Isaac & Jacob showing us that God continues to bless and recreate, regardless.

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